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11 Day Italy Tour of Rome, Florence, Venice

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11 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

7 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Capri, Florence, Venice

14 Meals

4 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Experience the Italian way of life on this Italy trip featuring all the main highlights and some surprises. Enjoy a sunset feast in the shadow of olive groves in a local family’s home, unearth the secrets of Pompeii frozen in time and soak up sophistication on the Isle of Capri.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Ciao Rome

Embrace excess on this leisurely jaunt through the highlights of Italy, beginning in Rome. Spend the day soaking up the vibrant atmosphere before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. We enjoy a leisurely orientation through the city this evening, venturing into Ancient Rome as our journey through Italy begins.

Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Accommodation iH Hotels Roma Cicerone Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Explore Vatican City this morning with a Local Specialist who will reveal all the highlights of St. Peter's Basilica. Perhaps join an optional experience to visit the awe-inspiring Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We continue to Ancient Rome and admire the Circus Maximus, where exhilarating chariot races were once held. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore on your own. From Roman ruins to Renaissance palazzi - Rome has it all.

The Vatican in Rome, Italy
Accommodation iH Hotels Roma Cicerone Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Vatican Museums Gallery Maps Vatican City Italy
Inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Rome Your Way

Discover why the Italians say 'it is sweet doing nothing', spending your day watching Rome's beautiful people embrace life lived to its fullest in the exquisite city. Delve into its treasures spanning millennia – the museums, churches, gardens and architecture that remain as enduring symbols of a powerful city. Or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d'Este Gardens.

Pizza and Coffee in Rome, Italy
Accommodation iH Hotels Roma Cicerone Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Tivoli Gardens and Villa D'Este, Italy
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Enjoy the gardens and fountains of the famous Villa d’Este. We’ll see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, the Dragon Foun...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore the Ruins of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

Today we pay homage to the thousands of brave souls whose final resting place is the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino. Perched on the hillside, see the 6th-century Abbey destroyed during World War II, before venturing south to Pompeii, a city frozen in time. Join a Local Specialist through the excavations that yield the tragic story of a once vibrant city engulfed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Wander down the stone avenues past such sights as the Forum and Temple of Apollo. We arrive later at our hotel on the iconic Mediterranean Amalfi Coast where we'll dine tonight.

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy
Accommodation Hotel San Pietro Maiori
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, Italy
See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino

See the abbey on Monte Cassino, founded by Saint Benedict in 529.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Ruins in Pompeii, Italy
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Scenic Amalfi Coast Your Way

Indulge in a full free day at leisure. Consider joining an optional experience along the Amalfi Coast to the beautiful seaside village of Positano, a true painter's paradise. You could also choose to soak up the extraordinary beauty of the village of Ravello which has long inspired musicians, writers and artists. Smell the fresh scents of lemons as you relax in this picture-perfect setting. After a day of sightseeing, perhaps you could spend a relaxing evening sipping limoncello and watching the Mediterranean sky light up in glorious pinks, yellows and blues.

View of Amalfi Coast, Italy
Accommodation Hotel San Pietro Maiori
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Ravello from Maiori, Italy
Explore Ravello

Join us on a trip to the balcony of the Amalfi coast. Ravello is perched high above the terraced groves with breathtaking views. Your Local Special...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us as we take in delightful villages and spectacular scenery along the incredible Amalfi Coast. You’ll visit the celebrated town of Positano, ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Experience the Isle of Capri

This morning we journey along the coast to the medieval town of Amalfi. See the 10th-century Romanesque Cathedral of Sant'Andrea and the Campanile, before setting sail to the glamorous island of Capri. On arrival, ascend to Capri town by funicular for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist who will share views of the piazzetta - the heart and soul of this beautiful town. Later, we return to the mainland.

Marina Grande in Capri Island, Italy
Accommodation Hotel San Pietro Maiori
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of boats in the Isle of Capri, Italy
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Coast Drive Amalfi Coast, Italy
Visit the Seaside Town of Amalfi

Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this seaside town. See the pastel rainbow of colorful houses precariously stacked upon one another as if casc...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Dinner on the Amalfi Coast

Come with us for a short drive to a restaurant we know and love on the Amalfi Coast. You'll get to try some favorite local dishes and drinks, all s...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Journey to Florence

From the Amalfi Coast, we travel north through the rolling green and golden landscape of Umbria into scenic Tuscany before arriving in the Renaissance city of Florence. You’ll have a free evening to amble along the Arno River, admire the famous city skyline at night from Piazzale Michelangelo, or indulge in the finest antipasti in town.

Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of fields in Tuscany, Italy
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Florence Your Way

Delve into the history of a city renowned for its art, architecture and cultural treasures. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour, including views of the exquisite marble Duomo, Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio. Wander through the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine political life since the 14th century with its prominent Palazzo Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a Be My Guest experience set against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Local Tuscan dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills
Dine with Count Fulcis near Florence

Join Count Miari Fulcis for dinner at his 15th-century organic olive oil estate, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' a...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Venture to Venice

After a leisurely start to the day, continue north, bound for Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic' and our home for the next two nights.

Glasses of Spritz in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Amadeus Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Cruise the Canals of Venice

We cruise by private launch past many of the city's most prominent sights, enjoying views of the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Next up is an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll witness first-hand the intricate craft of glassblowing. Watch how master craftsmen use the same techniques their forefathers did to shape the delicate glassworks for which Venice has become justifiably famous, perhaps choosing to buy a souvenir of your own. Inspired by the artistry you’ve just witnessed, you’ll soak up the pageantry and elegance of Venice on your own terms before enjoying a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends to toast to the delicious flavors of Italy.

Gondolo on the canal in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Amadeus Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. This experience supports United Nations S...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Journey Home

For now our leisurely encounter with an extraordinary destination has come to an end.

Masks for sale at market in Venice, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino

See the abbey on Monte Cassino, founded by Saint Benedict in 529.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Seaside Town of Amalfi

Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this seaside town. See the pastel rainbow of colorful houses precariously stacked upon one another as if casc...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive through Tuscany

View the stunning landscape of Tuscany on your drive today. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with Count Fulcis near Florence

Join Count Miari Fulcis for dinner at his 15th-century organic olive oil estate, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' a...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. This experience supports United Nations S...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence 
Discover Amalfi Town and Venice
Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the ruins of Pompeii and a glassblowing factory in Venice
View the ancient sites in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey in Cassino, the Duomo in Florence and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Enjoy the gardens and fountains of the famous Villa d’Este. We’ll see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, the Dragon Foun...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Ravello

Join us on a trip to the balcony of the Amalfi coast. Ravello is perched high above the terraced groves with breathtaking views. Your Local Special...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us as we take in delightful villages and spectacular scenery along the incredible Amalfi Coast. You’ll visit the celebrated town of Positano, ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner on the Amalfi Coast

Come with us for a short drive to a restaurant we know and love on the Amalfi Coast. You'll get to try some favorite local dishes and drinks, all s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Italy

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, May 9, 2024
Service
Lisa Lewandowski was a pleasure to work with.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so fantastic to hear! Lisa is a valuable member of our team and we will be sure to share this with her. Thank you so much!
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Vacation
My experience with GET was wonderful and Lisa was extremely helpful in planning our Italian Concerto trip through Trafalgar. However, the weeks before change from the Hotel Principe to Hotel Amadeus in Venice was an unwelcome one. The trip was promoted to have the Venice hotel on the canal, but instead it was a smaller sister hotel on a main noisy street which did not compare at all. It was false advertising by your travel partner and it should be addressed.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Service
The nice people at Grand European Travel were extremely helpful in planning every detail for our tour of Italy. They helped to book our air travel, airport transfers and provided details on what to expect while on the tour, and sharing their own travel experiences which were much appreciated.
Vacation
Every little detail was handled for us by our Travel Director, Patrizia Tocco, who did an amazing job coordinating our hotels, daily travel experiences, and educating the group on the history of the different cities & historical sights we visited. Each day was a new adventure that left the group in awe. I can’t say enough about how awesome Patrizia was and also our tour Bus Driver Luciano.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Service
They identified the specific tour that met our requirements about places to visit and efficiently handled all the bookings.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Italy is still our top seller. We're glad you could enjoy the trip despite the large crowds. Thank you for taking the time to write!
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Vacation
Italy was a very popular location for tourists this year. Although it was past the height of tourist season, the crowds were enormous and they detracted from the experience. However, this was not the fault of the travel company.
Andrew Esposito
Review date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Service
While we had a good time, and enjoyed it overall, we were very disappointed in all of the "optional experiences" - not the experiences themselves, but the fact that they were add-ons that should have been included in the first place. Factor in those packages and build them into the price, even if it means the overall price would be slightly greater. And as to whether we would recommend GET, we now realize the trip was really a Trafalgar trip, and GET is merely a subcontractor, which means you make a profit on top of whatever the Trafalgar deal was. I would need convincing that a GET deal was less than Trafalgar's deal.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback very much. All of trips are designed to have a balance of included sightseeing and free time or Optional Experiences. This is standard with most Tour Companies unless you pay a much higher overall price for your trip that includes these experiences. GET is not a subcontractor for Trafalgar. We are owned by the same company and our pricing is the same. Although by booking with us and being an AARP member, you did receive an additional discount that you would not have received if booking with Trafalgar directly. So happy that you enjoyed yourself on the trip overall.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Vacation
As noted, my overall consideration of the value of this purchase was marred by the excessive amount of add-ons, like selling someone a car without the tires. "Got a great deal on the car, but if I want to drive it, " you'll need to buy some tires." However, I must add that our tour director, Antonio Abbruzzese, was incredibly helpful, informative, accommodating, and was a major factor in creating a wonderful enjoyable trip.
Lisa Levy
Review date: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Service
Booking was easy and reps were always available and helpful when we had to book airfare.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience! We'll pass your comments on to our Travel Specialist, they'll be happy to hear they helped make your trip as hassle-free as possible. We'll pass on your comments concerning timing to the Operations team. Happy travels!
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Vacation
Loved the itinerary. Did not like that our day in Florance was a Monday, when all the museums are closed. Would have preferred one less day on the Amalfi Coast to be able to visit the Florance museums.
Robert Sweeney Jr
Review date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Service
Overall the experience was great, the only negative I would have is with the level of the tour described as "Leisurely". It was a fast paste tour that covered a lot of ground.
Vacation
When adding in all the optional tours available the tour got pricey.
Kenneth Bassett
Review date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Service
good customer service.Total price of vacation was $1700 more than a couple we met had paid for the same tour.They booked directly through Trafalgar and were on the same round trip direct flight to and from JFK.
Vacation
Over paid,see above comments.
Sally Young
Review date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Service
Our Travel Director, Patrizia Tocco was so friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed her stories! Our accommodations were varied and excellent. I would highly recommend Grand European Travel to anyone looking for a complete packet of activities and friendly people!
Vacation
I thought the prices were fair and full of value.
Gene Kogan
Review date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Service
Great staff all around at GET & Trafalardar. Reservation & discussions process very easy & informative, plane tickets reservations done well too. Maurice the travel director exceeded all expectations of caring about every one's needs.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when we can exceed your expectations.  Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Vacation
Hotels in Venice, Florence, Miori were great but in Rome needed some maintenance but it was clean.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Service
Top Notch !!!
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